Tioga County health officials say they have been monitoring positive COVID-19 cases until they are released from isolation. Health officials say they’ve seen “a trend” where new positive cases come from households where a family member has already tested positive. The Tioga County Health Department also told 12 News that they are monitoring residents and staff who tested positive for the virus at Elderwood nursing home in Waverly. If someone in a household tests positive, Tioga County health officials recommend other household members isolate themselves by using seperate bedrooms and bathrooms. NEWARK VALLEY (WBNG) –There have been no additional cases of COVID-19 reported that trace back to a Family Dollar employee testing positive on April 7 in Newark Valley. The Tioga County Health Department says “several” people were tested following this incident and no new positive results were reported. The department says wearing a mask is a crucial component to stopping the spread of the virus.
The sheriff’s office says the recovered weapon was a “ghost gun,” meaning it did not contain a serial number or identification markings and was made by an individual. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Kevin Benjamin was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony. Authorities say Benjamin did not register the weapon or possess a pistol permit. Benjamin was issued an appearance ticket and directed to appear at the Town of Maine Court at a later date. The office says the arrest was made while officers were investigating an “unrelated” matter. A location of the arrest was not disclosed. (WBNG) — Authorities arrested a town of Maine man for illegal weapon possession Thursday.
The club celebrated with a customer appreciation party that included food, drinks and live music. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Center Social Club on Route 26 reopened under new ownership Saturday. Attendees were asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. While the event took place outside, organizers said they are looking forward to getting everyone inside to enjoy the new bar in the near future. “We put a lot of effort into the bar to fix it up and make it a lot more comfortable so it was a blessing and a curse your shut down and aren’t able to do any business or see anybody but we got a lot of work done inside,” said Sheanon Riley. While they said it was difficult to to remain closed over the past few months, it was also an opportunity for the new owners to spruce the place up. Organizers said the event was an opportunity for members to reconnect after being unable to come together due to the coronavirus.
In an effort to bring awareness to hunger, walk 1/4 of a mile for the one out of four children who are food insecure in Broome County. This is CHOW’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the organization relies heavily on it to continue doing the important work of feeding the community. By clicking here you can lend a hand and help feed your community. According to Feeding America almost 13 percent of people in Broome County were food insecure in 2019. The pandemic made that number increase to 18 percent. Due to the pandemic, participants can choose whenever they want to walk, CHOW is encouraging those walking to follow social distancing guidelines to stay healthy. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The 2020 CHOW Walk will be held virtually this year starting Oct. 1 to 9. “So to put that in numbers you’re talking roughly 25,000 increasing to 35,000,” said Les Aylesworth the Director of CHOW. “To put that into further perspective, to take those 35,000 people you would fill up NYSEG Baseball stadium six times at its capacity of full seating.”
The maximum cost associated with the proposition is $380,000. Officials say state aid will cover nearly 90% of that number, and spending the money on buses is a priority for the district. WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Windsor Central School District is looking for the community’s authorization to purchase three new school buses. “We’re a district of 117, almost 118 square miles, so we’re one of the bigger geographic districts around,” said Windsor CSD Assistant Superintendent Andy Fiorentino. “We’re on the average of about 100 miles on each bus, each day. We are very transportation heavy.” The New York State Department of Transportation recommends replacing large school buses after 10 years. This year, Windsor school officials say three buses need to be replaced. Each bus is around 11 or 12 years old, and all have approximately 200,000 miles. There is a public hearing on November 17, followed by a special vote on Tuesday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To read more about the proposition, head to this link.